Australian Air Task Group commences operational missions over Iraq

2 October 2014 | Media Release

The RAAF Air Task Group (ATG) has completed its first operational missions over Iraq.

A RAAF E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft and KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport conducted missions on 1 October 2014 in support of coalition forces.

The E-7A conducted a support mission over central Iraq while the KC-30A conducted a support flight over Iraq.

The missions were completed without incident and the aircraft have returned safely to Australia’s main support base in the Middle East.

The ATG is operating within an Iraqi Government-approved and US-led international coalition assembled to disrupt and degrade the operations of ISIL.

Australia’s efforts are in response to a request for assistance by the Iraqi Government in combating ISIL terrorists.

Media note:
Imagery is available at http://images.defence.gov.au/S20142945

Media contact:
Defence Media Operations (02) 6127 1999


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Issued by Ministerial and Executive Coordination and Communication,
Department of Defence,
Canberra, ACT
Phone: 02 6127 1999 Fax: 02 6265 6946

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